Electives are classified into five groups: Humanities and Social Science (HSS), Complementary Studies (CS), Natural Science* (NS), Technical Electives and Free Electives.
Please consult your program requirements to see which electives you need to take to fulfill your degree requirements.
*Natural Science electives are for MIE programs only.
If you are planning to take an Arts & Science course to fulfill your elective requirements, please read the Guide to Taking Arts & Science Courses.
Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Electives
Please note that Humanities and Social Science (HSS) electives are a subset of Complementary Studies (CS) Electives; therefore, they can be used to satisfy CS requirements. A list of eligible HSS elective courses is available online. Students are responsible for determining their qualification for taking an HSS course, including but not limited to prerequisites and required permissions.
Complementary Studies (CS) Electives
Complementary Studies (CS) courses are broadly defined as studies in the humanities, social sciences, arts, management economics and communication. A list of eligible CS elective courses is available online. Students are responsible for determining their qualification for taking an CS course, including but not limited to prerequisites and required permissions.
Natural Science (NS) Electives
The Natural Science (NS) elective list applies to students in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering.
Natural Sciences are defined by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board as “The natural sciences component of the curriculum must include elements of physics and chemistry; elements of life sciences and earth sciences may also be included in this category. These subjects are intended to impart an understanding of natural phenomena and relationships through the use of analytical and/or experimental techniques.”
Please consult your department to learn which courses count as Technical Electives in your program.
A Free Elective is any degree credit course offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Arts & Science or the School of Graduate Studies. A course is considered a Free Elective if it does not duplicate material covered in courses that you have already taken or are required to take. If it is an Engineering course, it must carry a weight of at least .42 credits per session.
If you are having trouble deciding which electives to take, you should consult your Academic Advisor before making your choice. Your Advisor can let you know which courses best fit into your Engineering schedule, notify you if a course does not qualify as an elective and inform you of enrolment restrictions and more.